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Irene Is Just The First: 2011 Will Be A Record Hurricane Season

posted by Jael Ever @ 18:35 PM
August 26, 2011

 Weather-watchers from the government to the private sector have been warning that 2011 would be an historic hurricane season, with more than the usual number of hurricanes, and untold numbers of these massive storms touching down on the inland United States––but apparently few were listening!  Now emergency officials, on alert from North Carolina to Maine, while outwardly claim in preparation, mask chagrin at the massive tasks of where and how to keep safe or move millions of people.  But they should keep in mind that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expects  three to five major hurricanes like Irene to hit the United States this year.
 Governors are asking people to be responsible for 72 hours of supplies on their own.  It may take at least that long for help to arrive as officials  now expect everything from power outages, extremely heavy rain, flooding, downed trees, falling power lines, eroding coastlines, flooded air fields, etc.  Even, New York City, the one urban community that is usually prepared to handle everything, may not weather this storm, as only five hurricanes have hit that city in over a 100 years.  But now the mayor contemplates closing down all subway and bus systems, relocating hospital and nursing home patients, and evacuating some five million people––all with few exit routes going to safe directions, and little time to plan.

 The 2010 hurricane season was in itself historic––with 19 named storms, 12 of which were hurricanes and five being of major force, making it the third most active season on record––but these storms had little impact inland.  Even the usually conservative (NOAA) warned that the “2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook” had an 85% chance of being an above-normal season for four reasons:  1) Atmospheric and oceanic conditions are in place over the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea; 2) Because of “the tropical multi-decadal signal” which has caused a high activity era since 1995, these conditions will persist, at least through October; 3) Sea-surface temperatures are the third highest on record; and 4) La Nina, a weather phenomena that enhances hurricane activity, may be redeveloping.

 While FEMA has millions of gallons of water and meals for evacuees, the Red Cross prepares “safe” shelters, first responders plan rescue operations, residents build supply kits and follow suggested evacuation routes, it is also necessary for one to call upon God for help.  In old-time Christian prayer books, the first line of a hymn says, “When the storms of life are raging, Stand by me.”   With all of this preparation, everyone should also remember that God is “. . . a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat,. . . (Isaiah 25: 4).  And He is never surprised or unprepared!

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